February 25
Encouraging coworkers
Linda Buxa

Coworkers can drive you nuts, can’t they?

After a day dealing with the guy who takes all the credit, the boss who belittles you, and the woman who never stops complaining, working from home sounds better and better.

So what the apostle Paul suggests that you do can be pretty hard—especially at work, especially with the difficult ones. “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone”(Colossians 4:5,6).

As a believer in Jesus, your job isn’t only a place to earn money; it is your personal mission field. God has placed you in one specific setting for four, eight, or ten hours a day—and he has another job for you to do. He wants you to make the most of every opportunity to shine Jesus’ light into your coworkers’ lives.

You walk with them as their family members face illness; you share the hope that you have even in stress; you talk about the way God has provided for you. You purposefully encourage others by thanking them for their hard work or writing a note when they are struggling. You choose your words wisely. You are prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15).

Because when they see how differently you live and work, they will ask. Be ready.


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